NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Campus dating violence is becoming a growing concern among public safety officials.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan says at least 1,000 calls come into his district's rape crisis line each year. The majority of those involve sexual assaults on college campuses.
The National Center for Victims of Crime says one third of students report dating violence, and more than half of male college students admit to perpetrating one or more sexual assaults on campus.
The Northwestern District Attorney's office decided to launch a PSA campaign to prevent sexual assaults. Students from all over Hampshire County helped film three Public Service Announcements and Friday the D.A. hosted a conference at Hampshire College. Students and administrators from the five college area heard presentations defining consent and how to be a better bystander.
Kayla Ginsburg, a student at Smith College, told 22News, "Just try and be responsible for each other as a community. There have been times at parties where I've seen something that's like a little off, and try to see how people were doing."
"Be a presence that's looking out for friends and community members," said Ollie Schwartz, a student at Smith College. "I think once you start thinking through the lens of what is not ok behavior you can see it everywhere."
UMass' Dean of Students, as well as Presidents from Greenfield Community College, and Hampshire College attended the conference.
To learn more about the D.A.'s initiative, aiming to stop sexual harassment in college campuses by 2020, click here.